Arturo Gonzalez (pictured), a 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup champion, has been called up to Mexico for October friendlies against Honduras and Panama. (Photo: Mexsport)
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – He turned 20-years-old less than a month ago, but Arturo Alfonso Gonzalez already has another milestone to celebrate after receiving his first Mexico call-up for friendlies Honduras and Panama.
The Atlas winger, though, is keeping the sudden honor in humble perspective.
In a statement published on the Atlas website, González expressed his joy at being called to represent his country.
“It is a point of pride for me,” said Gonzalez, who played in all seven of Mexico’s game during its run to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup title. “For all footballers the biggest aspiration you have is to get on the senior national team. I’m happy and eager to do things well. They are opportunities that appear and one has to take advantage of them and give the very best. The simple fact of representing your country is a source of pride in any national team.”
Gonzalez made his first team debut in 2012 and has scored nine goals in 40 Liga MX appearances.
“I think that to be on the national team also is an important step for me and the opportunity to play with players of high quality and with stature in the national team will help me to grow as a person and a player,” Gonzalez concluded. “The responsibility is the same for all and the commitment as well.”